At last a report of a few months running |> Until now, I have only read initial (always favourable) impressions of Chinese tourbillons. I think this is the first Sea-Gull tourbillon that I have seen reviewed.Hi Allen,
I got one of e-bay. This was my first watch as a collector albeit a risky one. I had to go to work so I put in a max bid of $203.50. I didn't really think I would win and was vary happy when I got home and had won for $203.00. Shipping was $50 so $253.00 all together. I have owned it for 5 1/2 months now. It's the skeletonized st-80 from Minorva. It has a power reserve of 43 hours. I timed it for 7 days in the crown up position and it was only 15 seconds fast for the week! I get compliments on it all the time and I spent the first week of owning it just starring at the tourbillon with a loop. Not sure if it is a problem or not but sometimes I can here a pinging sound. It almost sounds like a small echo of a tick. I think it may be the pallet fork hitting the banking pin hard as a result of having to stop the momentum of the carriage. It has not yet worsened with age and my local watch tech told me not to worry. This watch also survived an accidental 15 inch drop of a table to a wood floor. To my surprise my jeweler said the small diamond on the pointer looks real. Fit and finish is excellent at least to me. QC could have been better I notice a small red fiber say 10Th the size of a human hair tangled in between the second crown wheel and it's screw. I would recommend but only if you can get one for under $500. I'll have a good camera after Christmas so I will post Pics then.
Thanks Chris :-!Hello,
Finally got around to getting some pictures.
Once at a dinner party this watch got passed around & someone asked "How do you tell time on it?" As a joke I replied "Easy just reach into your pocket & pull out your cell phone"It's so shiny that I wonder how hard it is to read the time. On the other hand, with the tourbillon to look at, do I really care what the time is :-D
I would be lying if I said no :-dHave you ever looked at your watch to see the time, then become distracted by some other detail of the watch and forgotten what the time is?
Thanx Chris I like this model and anotherone that I saw so now i will have to make my mine up since you had it how is it holding up, do you wear often, does it have a ting or pinging sound sound to it, is the winding smooth and also whats the reserve on it.
Question #1 why dont you buy one to find out.Hi, just joined to ask about the variety of Chinese tourbillons. As far as I can see there are three variations. the one that looks vaguely like the breguet or a crow, one that has a circular shape and one which is just a bit of a mess.
So, first question: which of these is reckoned to be the most accurate/reliable/impressive?
Second question: I have seen reference to some very low prices but cannot find where. Are there any specific websites to go to or is it ebay?
And finally a comment: I notice that many of these movements are busy pretending to be Swiss ... what is the ethical position if you buy a fake in the full knowledge that it is a fake and because you are interested in the original mechanism and don't care if it isn't really a 'yayga la coolta'?
Great looking watch :-!
I can't tell from the picture...is the actual movement skeletonized & engraved, or is there a decorative plate over the movement?
Matt the only reason why I made the statements that I made was because im about to buy one myself and as much as anyone on here can tell me ultimately I will be the one that has to decide whether or not it is a good watch to me. Secondly if you peruse/do a search on Tourbillion you might found out a lil more than what some of us may have quoted or said. Thirdly as far as getting a true watch made from one of the Big Manufactures would be sweet when you only paid for the look-alike but fat chance that would ever happen.:-dCheers Jack, to respond in reverse order:
3) I was not making any comment about the ethics of selling fake watches, I was making a light hearted 'philosophical' comment about the nature of authenticity when you actually WANT to buy the fake. The joke is:would you feel 'ripped off' if you accidentally got a real JLC?
2) I'm sure you are right. Why didn't I think of that?
1) I have found that when I do not know something it is a good idea to ask an expert before doing anything else. This has stood me in good stead in all sorts of situations: crossing the road, swimming with sharks, cliffs and buying $500 watches that I know nothing about. However, I am glad that the 'leap before you look' approach has served you well.
thanks for your input.